Psalm 84

1 Lord All-Powerful, how lovely is your Temple!
2 I want more than anything to be in the courtyards of the Lord's Temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God.
3 The sparrows have found a home, and the swallows have nests. They raise their young near your altars, Lord All-Powerful, my King and my God.
4 Happy are the people who live at your Temple; they are always praising you. Selah
5 Happy are those whose strength comes from you, who want to travel to Jerusalem.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it like a spring. The autumn rains fill it with pools of water.
7 The people get stronger as they go, and everyone meets with God in Jerusalem.
8 Lord God All-Powerful, hear my prayer; God of Jacob, listen to me. Selah
9 God, look at our shield; be kind to your appointed king.
10 One day in the courtyards of your Temple is better than a thousand days anywhere else. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the Temple of my God than live in the homes of the wicked.
11 The Lord God is like a sun and shield; the Lord gives us kindness and honor. He does not hold back anything good from those whose lives are innocent.
12 Lord All-Powerful, happy are the people who trust you!